Men’s club’s fu­ture re­mains un­cer­tain

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

IT WAS a gloomy and wet Tues­day morn­ing but not in­side the Car­bon Store in Can­non­vale.

In­stead chain­saws were rip­ping through tim­ber, an­gle grinders were on fire and most im­por­tantly the barbie was heat­ing up.

There was a cer­tain buzz in the air as men were mak­ing cup­pas, laugh­ing and lend­ing a hand.

Af­ter an ex­tra­or­di­nary three years, the Men’s Club of Air­lie Beach is about to leap into the un­known as they leave the Car­bon Store mid next month.

Due to fu­ture de­vel­op­ments at the Car­bon Store, all oc­cu­pants must va­cate the premises.

While New Ir­ri­ga­tion is look­ing for­ward to their move to Carlo Dr, Air­lie Beach’s Men’s Shed is feel­ing a lit­tle lost.

Mem­ber Steve Hal­ter is con­cerned that if the group find nowhere to re­lo­cate, they’ll even­tu­ally have to close down.

“If we put our stuff in stor­age, it’ll never come out,” he said. The group are putting a call out to the com­mu­nity they’ve al­ways helped to re­turn the favour and help find them a new home.

“An empty build­ing, shed, even land and we could build our own work­place – we don’t need much, just some­thing to ac­com­mo­date the func­tions of Men’s Shed,” pres­i­dent Bob Bris­tow said.

The most re­mark­able thing about Men’s Shed is that it is a weekly place for men to get to­gether.

With 32 mem­bers from ages 32 to 88, it’s a chance for them to get out of the house and so­cialise.“It gives us somewh- ere to come and talk about our well-be­ing. We talk about any­thing and ev­ery­thing that would prob­a­bly mean noth­ing to any­one else. It’s a vi­tal group for the com­mu­nity,” Mr Bris­tow said.

Any­one with ideas can phone Mr Bris­tow on 0408 775 357.

NEW HOME NEEDED: Men’s Shed mem­bers Steve Hal­ter, Bob Bris­tow and the crew.

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